Malunggay as a Sweet Snack May Sound Bizarre but Tastes Absolutely DeliciousNovember 12, 2014
I find that sweet tooths like myself like to declare divisions based on their chosen snack and flavors. It’s either chocolate or vanilla, or chocolate or strawberry. It’s crunchy or chewy, cake or ice cream. I usually pile my plate with everything including coconut pies at dessert buffets, but I appreciate snacks that meet halfway but still create a passable dessert.
I tasted my first malunggay cookie several years ago, as a gift from a friend who bought it at one of those start-up health stalls that tried pioneer healthy snacking in the day. I am glad I caught it then before the health nuts started pushing malunggay as the cheap alternative to kale. I wouldn’t have given it a second thought now if it was touted as a dessert that’s good for me.
I took to the cookie as I would with any new snack that comes my way: no expectations, only curiosity. Then finally, the first bite.
Where I thought I was in for something tasteless and sugarfree that health stores were notorious for hawking, this one stood out. The cookie tasted milky but with a dry texture without being overly crumbly. What I eventually recognized as malunggay lent an herby flavor and a hint of sweetness. What made a lasting impression was that the cookie was just right. Not too crunchy, not too chewy. It can survive multiple dunks in a cup of coffee or a glass of milk, absorbing it well without collapsing into the drink.
With more malunggay-based products on the shelves now, I’m surprised this particular product isn’t as prominent as malunggay chips and malunggay pancit. I would love to have a bag of this as part of my snack stash.
The stall my friend got her malunggay cookies from is long gone, but Gourmet Farms makes Malunggay Cookies of their own at their flagship store in Silang, Cavite. Stocks of it are also available at Gourmet Farms Express at the ABS-CBN Food Court on Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City for PHP 15 a piece.
Have you tried Malunggay Cookies? What malunggay-based products do you recommend?
Address: Km. 52, Aguinaldo Highway, Buho, Silang, Cavite
Gourmet Farms Express
Address: ABS-CBN Food Court, Mother Ignacia St, Quezon City